The NZSD is thrilled to have reached the fundraising target to purchase a new piano for the School this month.

A grand piano was urgently needed to replace an older instrument soon to leave the building. The beautiful Schimmel K189 will arrive at the School next week and be in use from its first day in the studio. This new piano will last for 40-50 years, benefitting at least 59,000 dancers.

A piano is a vital piece of equipment to teach dance, particularly classical ballet. It will be used to accompany classes on a daily basis and the School’s pianists are very much looking forward to putting it through its paces. “It’s going to be wonderful to have such a high quality instrument that will be able to withstand the hard knocks we give it”, said Phillip O’Malley.

A special fundraising appeal struck a chord with the dance community, who together have made the grand piano a reality for the school and have joined our family of supporters. The NZSD thanks the Lion Foundation, Wellington Community Trust, Pub Charity, and the wonderful individuals who made this purchase possible through their generosity.

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The NZSD is a registered charity (number CC24138) and member of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand. Donations are tax deductible.

Photo: NZSD Pianist Phillip O’Malley playing the new piano